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Living and working in Denmark

Denmark offers a superior work-life balance, enabling you to prioritise the things that matter – from excellent career opportunities to leisure and family time.
While your career in business may lead you to Denmark, we understand that it takes a whole lot more to feel at home. Luckily, Denmark is one of the best country for work-life balance, according to a 2019 report from the OECD among other studies.

In Denmark, we believe in the multi-faceted, whole human being. Sure, careers and business opportunities are central to a good lifestyle. But life is also about family, friends, leisure activities and your very own private time – values weaved into the very fabric of a life  in Denmark.

Denmark is an exceptionally well-functioning and family-friendly place to life for many reasons. Here are five essential starting points for further exploration:

  1. The Danish lifestyle
  2. Buzzing city life and beautiful countryside
  3. The Danish welfare society
  4. The Danish working culture
  5. Work-life balance

1. The Danish lifestyle

The Danes are some of the happiest and most satisfied people on earth, according to various international studies. This apparent satisfaction with life is often credited to 'soft factors' – culture, leisure time and family life.

We are highly educated and well informed, and still, we enjoy a distinctly Danish informality. This gives the Danes a relaxed and often humorous attitude to authorities and life itself.

International schools can be found all over Denmark, ensuring the continued, high-level education of your children. A number of schools offer International Business (IB) programmes.

Teaching is carried out in either English, French or German, while still teaching Danish as a mandatory subject.

2. Buzzing city life and beautiful countryside

Distances are short, which makes it possible to combine buzzing urban life with the serenity of the beautiful Danish country- and seaside. And your children can roam freely and safely whether walking city streets or skipping along woodland paths.

Green forests are plentiful and you will never be more than 50 kilometres from the sea. With over 7000 kilometres of coastline, it is no wonder why beach holidays are a popular part of Danish culture.

Staying healthy is easy, in nature as well as the cities. In Denmark, pulsating city life goes hand in hand with sustainable thinking. So get ready – because soon you will be joining in with the Danes, riding your bicycle to work and washing off the day with a swim in a people-packed harbour.

3. The Danish welfare society

Denmark's high taxation rates stem from the emphasis placed on work-life balance, democracy and generally high standards regarding free education, healthcare and more. This gives rise to a welfare society that runs smoothly in many respects.

You will benefit from a number of common goods, as do all citizens and people working in Denmark. Everyone benefits from:

  • free education and healthcare
  • a well maintained cycling and driving infrastructure
  • an extensive and stable public transport system
  • multiple free cultural activities
  • supreme recreational facilities such as parks and public spaces that enhance the general quality of life.

4. The Danish working culture

Flat management structures, teamwork and work-life balance are characteristics of the Danish working environment. This means, for example, that all employees and managers address each other by their first names, and that most decisions are discussed in forums where all employees have an equal say.

Furthermore, the Danes are among the most productive and hardworking workforces in Europe according to the European Investment Bank’s Investment Report 2018/2019. This is very much owing to the Danish job mentality and work culture where employees experience a high degree of autonomy and empowerment at work, resulting in very responsible, conscientious employees with a high level of job satisfaction.

5. Work-life balance

Work-life balance is a cornerstone of Danish business culture, making Denmark one of the world's most family-friendly places to live.

All workers are statutorily entitled to 5 weeks vacation each year, making it easy to organise dedicated family time and opportunities to visit relatives abroad.

The employee demand for flexible work hours is due to the fact that the majority of both men and women work.

Great reasons to come to Denmark:

Denmark consistently come out on top in international quality of life studies, such as World Justice Project’s Rule of Law Index, the World Bank’s Governance Index and the Social Progress Index. We would love to welcome you, and here is just a handful of reasons why you should come:

  • We are among the happiest and most satisfied people on earth. On a scale from 0 to 10, Danes gave their life satisfaction a 7.5 grade on average, which is higher than the OECD average of 6.5.
  • Everyone benefits from a well-functioning welfare system, which provides free education and healthcare among other things.
  • Short distances make it easy to get around and explore Denmark’s buzzing cities as well as beautiful forests and stunning coastline.
  • Danes have the shortest working week in the world, with the average expat working 37. Still, we are among the most productive and hardworking workforces in Europe.
  • Hours are flexible, and all workers are statutorily entitled to 5 weeks vacation each year, making space for family and leisure time.

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